The reason? Well, it’s now being reported that the alleged incident was over a catering issue. The assistant producer reportedly told Clarkson that no hot food would be served at the end of a long filming day. The producer has been identified as long-time crew member Oisin Tymon, who has worked on the hit BBC show for a decade. The incident reportedly took place after a film shoot that also involved Clarkson’s co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond..
In a statement following his suspension, the BBC issued this statement:
“Following a fracas with a BBC producer, Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended pending an investigation. No one else has been suspended. Top Gear will not be broadcast this Sunday. The BBC will be making no further comment at this time.”
For his part, Clarkson is waiting it out. He writes a column for The Sun newspaper, which quotes him as saying: “I’m having a nice cold pint and waiting for this to blow over.” It also quotes a “source close to the star” denying Clarkson punched anyone.
The final three episodes of the season, beginning with this Sunday’s episode, have been postponed. This week’s episode was to have focused on classics, including a Fiat 124 Spider, an MGB GT and a Peugeot 304 cabriolet.
This isn’t Clarkson’s first controversy to be involved in, but his latest. He issued an apology in 2014 over a video outtake surfaced in which he appeared to make a racist remark.
Back on February 25th, he posted this to his Twitter account:
Wanted: new presenter for Top Gear. Applicant should be old, badly dressed and pedantic but capable of getting to work on time.
— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) February 25, 2015
An online petition is currently underway asking the BBC to reinstate Clarkson.
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